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Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Posted on: January 19, 2011 6:38 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 8:19 pm
NEWARK, N.J. -- Mikhail Prokhorov opened this command performance with a joke, saying he didn't know there were so many fans of Russian culture.

But Prokhorov wasn't here solely to promote his team's ties to his homeland, and his audience wasn't here for that, either. They were here to listen to what came next: a bombshell.

The Nets are out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes.

For good.

"Really I am not happy with the way how this deal has gone until now," the stone-faced Russian billionaire said Tuesday night. "It has taken too long. It has been played out in public. And uncertainty has taken a toll on the players. And I believe that has cost us several games. … 

"So I think the management of the team did a great job," Prokhorov said. "But there comes a time when the price is simply too expensive. I am instructing our team to walk away from the deal. And the meeting that was supposed to be held by our management tomorrow in Denver with Carmelo is hereby canceled."

  Prokhorov was asked if he ever got an answer from Anthony about whether he would agree to an extension with the Nets -- the crucial trigger in any trade and but one that reported last month and as recently as Sunday that Anthony would decline.

"You know, I never met with Carmelo and I never spoke with him," Prokhorov said. "Maybe he sent me an email, but really I don’t use computer and that’s why maybe I have missed it. Or maybe the carrier pigeon got lost."

Prokhorov, and later team president Billy King, admitted that they never had a firm commitment from Anthony that he would sign an extension. In fact, it wasn't even clear that the Nets would've been able to secure a meeting in Denver Wednesday with the three-time All-Star. Prokhorov and King were clear that Nets management were planning to travel to Colorado, but there was no indication Anthony would meet with them -- despite King's statement that the team received permission from the Nuggets Monday night.

"I never received any negative information," Prokhorov said. "All the information was really mixed. There was not any direct information."

What Prokhorov made clear several times, however, is that there is no turning back from this decision -- regardless of what trade demands the Nuggets may drop in the future. Asked early in this incredible news conference if this decision was final, Prokhorov said, "Of course."
The last question was one more attempt to offer Prokhorov some wiggle room. He didn't budge.

"I think I was absolutely clear on this matter," he said.

What else was absolutely clear? The two most important figures in this endless trade negotiation were vastly underestimated: Prokhorov and Anthony.


Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:08 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Problem is Melo is a Bit*h, seems like its either the knicks or noone----read an article about james saying if he wants to win get a title hell have to go through the heat.. Since when are the damn heat the fav in the East...yeah they have the names but i see 3 teams better then them...My celtics-magic -and the bulls....and they couoldnt even beat the hawks at home...and dont care bosh didnt play. wade owned the hawks last yr without james and bosh.....i see heat knocked out in the 2nd round...after they struggle in the 1st round....

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:06 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Sorry about the double (now triple) post, computer screwed up (ironic)

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:06 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Wait wait wait wait, its 2011, this guy doesn't know how to use a computer, and he is a billionaire?

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:05 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Wait wait wait wait, its 2011, this guy doesn't know how to use a computer, and he is a billionaire?!

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 6:59 pm

Sometimes the best trades....

are the ones you don't make.  If this trade were to go through it makes the Nets a threat to reach the second round of the playoffs, maybe, this year, maybe next year.  If they didn't learn anything from watching Isiah run the Knicks into the ground let me put it simply - you don't trade the future for the present unless you have a legitimate chance to win right now.   The Nets would be wise to display a little patience rather than condemn themselves to also ran status for the forseeable future.  I think once they make it to Brooklyn they could actually have a chance at being a pretty popular destination for NBA free agents - the chachet of Brooklyn along with some of Prokhorov's money will turn this franchise around overnight.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2011 6:56 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Melo to Clippers.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 6:54 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Just come to the Big Apple already Melo. You helped give us Cuse fans something we wondered we'd get in our lifetime. Now do it for the Knicks.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2011 6:42 pm

Prokhorov on Melo: Enough

Translation: Melo dissed me so screw him.

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